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10 Ways Trump's New Tariffs Will Piss You Off

And 1,300 more that will make you scratch your head.

Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomJeff Malet Photography/NewscomPresident Donald Trump nudged the United States and China closer to a full-fledged trade war this week by outlining a new set of tariffs aimed at more than 1,300 specific Chinese imports.

In response to the announcement of additional tariffs on Chinese goods—Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports last month—China on Wednesday announced a new round of tariffs on American-made goods, including soy beans, chemicals, and technology.

Tariffs are import taxes, and like all taxes they end up being paid by consumers after being passed down the supply chain. While Trump's tariffs might restrict the number of Chinese goods that flow into the United States, the main consequence of the White House's new tariff announcement is that Americans will pay higher prices for everything from biscuits to televisions. China's retaliatory tariffs might temporarily lower domestic prices for American-made goods, but will ultimately hurt American businesses that won't be able to sell their products in China, one of the world's fastest growing markets.

In a 58-page filing, the Office of the United States Trade Representative argues that the new tariffs are necessary to counteract China's unfair use and theft of American intellectual property and technology. The tariffs will not take affect immediately, but will be subject to a public hearing on May 15 with a final decision on the tariffs expected by mid-summer.

Each product subject to a new tariff is listed by its eight-digit code under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). I read through the entire document so you don't have to—but it's embeded at the bottom of this post in case you have nothing better to do.

Food

Trump's tariffs come down particularly hard on anyone who has to eat. Tariffs will be applied to "Cooking stoves, ranges & ovens, other than microwave, for making hot drinks or for cooking or heating food." Microwaves don't escape either, as they are listed under a different HTSUS code. More specific tariffs will hit equipment used to make chocolate, sugar, and "macaroni, spaghetti or similar products," along with machinery used in the production of poultry, meat, nuts, fruit, and eggs. And in case anything managed to slip through the cracks, there's another tariff on "machinery for the industrial preparation or manufacture of food or drink."

And also "bakery ovens, including biscuit ovens," which seems like a weird thing to have to specify.

Alcohol

Trump's earlier tariff on aluminum would make beer cans more expensive, and his tariff on steel threatens not only to make kegs of beer more costly but also to drive the only remaining American keg-making company out of business. Now, Trump is aiming to drive up the cost of making the stuff that goes in those cans and kegs. "Brewery machinery" will be subject to tariffs, but so will "presses, crushers, and similar machinery used in the manufacture of wine, cider," and even non-alcoholic beverages like juices.

Clothes

Pretty much every aspect of the manufacture of cloth and clothing will be subject to new import taxes. Sewing machines, spindles, looms, weaving machines, and various other textile-making equipment are subject to tariffs. Even sewing needles, knitting needles, and embroidery needles make the list. "Machinery for making felt hats," is included, as is "machinery for making or repairing footwear."

Lighting, Heating, and Home Entertainment

You like using things like lights, televisions, and the internet, right? Unfortunately, the electricity used to power those things has to come from somewhere, and many of Trump's tariffs will end up being passed along to consumers in the form of higher energy bills. Electric generating equipment, including transformers, converters, and wind-powered turbines will be subject to tariffs. Fuses, switches, breakers, are included in the tariffs, along with lithium, nickle, and zinc batteries.

Many of the devices where you might consumer that more-expensive electricity will become more expensive too, because tariffs will hit both high definition and non-HD televisions, audio equipment like speakers and headphones, and light bulbs.

Often, it is too hot. Occasionally, it is too cold. Either way, you'll pay. Tariffs will be placed on boilers, condensers, thermostats, and various other parts of heating and air-conditioning systems.

Dishwashers

Roll up your sleeves and get to work making America great again by scraping the burned-on remnants of last night's dinner off the bottom of that pot, because "dishwashing machines of the household type" are subject to Trump's tariffs. Also "dishwashing machines other than the household type" and "parts of dishwashing machines," just for good measure.

Recreational Gear

Have a boat? Trump's tariffs will increase the price of outboard motors and boat propellers. Like skiiing? "Chair lifts, ski draglines," and various parts for both are included in the list of tariffs. Play golf? Hope you like walking the course, because "golf carts and similar motor vehicles" are subject to tariffs too.

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (and boats too)

Rail locomotives, rail coaches, rolling stock, and trams are subject to tariffs. So are airplanes, parts of airplane engines, airplane tires and propellers (including turbopropellers). Helicopters weighing less than 2,000 kilograms are subject to tariffs, but so are helicopters weighing more than 2,000 kilograms. There are full pages detailing all the types of motor vehicles that will be subject to tariffs, and including all the parts that you could possibly ever use to build or repair any of them. Tankers, cruise ships, tug boats, ferry boats, "excursion boats," fishing vessels, and even lifeboats are subject to tariffs.

The list also includes "ships' logs" and "flight data recorders." No, really.

Construction Equipment

The construction industry was already dreading the consequences of paying higher prices for steel, but now it will have to pay higher prices for lots of other things too! Overhead cranes, bulldozers, graders, levelers, scrapers, front-end loaders, backhoes, cement mixers, and any "machinery for lifting, handling, loading or unloading" are all subject to tariffs. Going to do some construction the old fashioned way? Buckets and shovels are on the list too. Trump's much anticipated Infrastructure Week just got a whole lot more expensive.

Farms

Farmers were already pretty pissed about Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum, and then got whacked a second time when China imposed retaliatory tariffs on a whole host of agricultural products. Now, things are going to get even worse. Haymaking machinery, straw balers, threshing machinery, harvesting machinery, milking machines, and poultry incubators will be subject to tariffs, and those higher costs will be passed along to anyone who buys milk, eggs, meat, or pretty much anything else that comes from a farm.

Flamethrowers (But Also Fire Extinguishers)

Whether you're trying to stop The Thing from killing you or merely trying to keep your house from burning down, Trump's tariffs will make your goals more expensive to achieve. Tariffs will apply to "fire extinguishers, whether or not charged," and to the parts of fire extinguishers. At least Elon Musk will be pleased (at least until he sees that boring and drilling machinery is also subject to a tariff).

But That's Not All!

Trump's tariffs will also apply to a wide range of random shit, like:

  • Vaccines (for humans and for animals)
  • Malaria test kits
  • Dental fillings
  • Anti-freeze and other de-icing fluids
  • Nuclear reactors (also "parts for nuclear reactors")
  • Hand-held blow torches
  • Chain saws
  • Syringes (with or without needles attached)
  • Rocket launchers
  • Grenade launchers
  • Catalytic converters
  • Snowplows and snowblowers
  • Bookbinding machinery
  • Cash registers
  • Human blood

Literally none of these are made up, but don't take my word for it. Here's the full list.

Photo Credit: Jeff Malet Photography/Newscom

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  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    Change requires destabilization. I guess this is where we find out whether there is some multi-dimensional chess going on or it's just plain old reactionary nonsense.

  • Old Mexican - Mostly Harmless||

    Re: I am the 0.00000013%,

    this is where we find out whether there is some multi-dimensional chess going on or it's just plain old reactionary nonsense.


    Or if who is sitting in the White House is a stable genius or a deranged fool, put there by deranged fools.

  • Shirley Knott||

    Oh, it's the latter. It's always the latter, same as it ever was.

  • ||

    Trump is playing checkers; Xi Jinping is playing chess.

  • Wizard4169||

    Some call it multi-D chess. I call it pareidolia.

  • Myshkin78||

    She was totally 18. Totally.

  • Jerryskids||

    And also "bakery ovens, including biscuit ovens," which seems like a weird thing to have to specify.

    We all know why "biscuit ovens" have to get a specific mention, along with all the other oddly specific mentions - somewhere along the line a biscuit company was granted an exemption to some law by treating biscuit ovens as a separate category of ovens. The distribution of carve-outs is one of the main jobs of a legislator, and it's little different than the Catholic Church's selling of indulgences that so pissed off Martin Luther.

  • Jerryskids||

    Reminds me of the court case wherein Marvel argued that X-men figurines were not subject to the higher tariff on dolls, since "dolls" were defined as representations of human figures and the X-men were mutants, not humans. They won their case, but the law was then changed to eliminate the tariff distinction between dolls and figurines. Kinda makes you wonder who was responsible for the distinction being there in the first place. Hasbro, as a jab at Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls?

  • sarcasmic||

    Stupid libertarians. Those are taxes on Chinese goods which means they are paid for by the Chinese. Duh.

    Besides, the Founders used tariffs as the main source of federal income. That means tariffs are good and wonderful, not bad like stupid libertarians say.

    So let us celebrate how we will become more wealthy and prosperous with these tariffs!

    The more stuff costs, the richer we are!

  • Iheartskeet||

    Ha !

    Plus dumb libertarians don't understand that only the US is allowed to have trade surpluses ! Because these are deeply meaningful. Because money. Or something.

  • ||

    @sarcasmic : Stupid you. Tariffs are taxes, paid for by the American consumer in the form of higher prices, and by farmers in the form of lower prices because of Chinese tariffs imposed on American agricultural exports.

    https://goo.gl/xKqEyk

    "Trade wars are good, and easy to win." — DJT, March 2, 2018.

  • wearingit||

    Did you not see the username that you replied to?

  • SIV||

    "bakery ovens, including biscuit ovens," which seems like a weird thing to have to specify.

    Your gay wedding cake is baked in a bakery oven, Twinkies and Ho-Hos are baked in a biscuit oven

  • Adans smith||

    I do not agree with these tariffs .That said,this article is written as though all these goods are bought only from China. I am sure there are other suppliers in the world to buy from. Until Trump targets them that is.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    And those other producers, if they have a lick of sense, will raise their prices to just below the cost of the newly taxed Chinese product. So, regardless of who you buy from, including American-made, you will pay more.

    And the money raised from these tariffs? Will it be applied to the debt? Nah, the government will waste it on more useless programs of course.

    So as far as I'm concerned, "tuck Flump" and his economic illiteracy.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    And those other producers, if they have a lick of sense, will raise their prices to just below the cost of the newly taxed Chinese product. So, regardless of who you buy from, including American-made, you will pay more.

    And the money raised from these tariffs? Will it be applied to the debt? Nah, the government will waste it on more useless programs of course.

    ^This^

  • vek||

    Well, ultimately the government was going to spend whatever it was going to spend anyway... So it will in effect lower the deficit by whatever degree. Everybody knows spending in unrelated to revenue in The New America!

  • Get lit||

    Cheaper Chinese goods keeps a downward pressure on the cost of all similar goods.

  • Jerryskids||

    There are indeed other countries to buy from, especially countries in SE Asia, competitors to China who would benefit from increased trade with the US. As a bonus, China would suffer from decreased influence in the area while the US would benefit from expanding influence. In fact, if we had smart trade negotiators, we could put together some sort of trade cooperative - a trans-Pacific trade and investment partnership if you will - wherein all the Pacific Rim countries and the US granted each other freer trade while excluding China from such deals and really put it to China. You'd think Trump might have somebody looking into that.

  • Old Mexican - Mostly Harmless||

    Re: Jerrykids,

    In fact, if we had smart trade negotiators,


    What's with this "we" business, Kemosabe? "We" don't have trade negotiators. *I* do ALL the negotiating *I* care to do for ME. If *you* need some jerk you don't know to do your negotiating for you, perhaps you should consider padding all the corners around your house before you hurt yourself.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    There is already the ASEAN economic alliance which has close ties to China even though it is not a member of ASEAN.

  • turco||

    Ah. The TPP . About the only thing Obama was for that I supported.

  • ||

    Re steel exports to USA:

    1. Canada 16.7 percent
    2. Brazil 13.2 percent
    3. South Korea 9.7 percent
    4. Mexico 9.4 percent
    5. Russia 8.1 percent
    6. Turkey 5.6 percent
    7. Japan 4.9 percent
    8. Germany 3.7 percent
    9. Taiwan 3.2 percent
    10. China 2.9 percent
    11. India 2.4 percent

    Re Pacific Rim trade, Trump handed it to China with his rejection of the TPP.

  • Get lit||

    So everything will be more expense and wages probably still won't rise because businesses will need to cut something to make up for the lost profit just as interest rates go up making credit more expensive for companies and people alike.

  • Old Mexican - Mostly Harmless||

    Yup. By the way, you just incurred in John's wrath, for which you will receive from him the most bizarre string of vituperative insults including being called a racist.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    So everything will be more expense and wages probably still won't rise because businesses will need to cut something to make up for the lost profit just as interest rates go up making credit more expensive for companies and people alike.

    When you consider all of that together, I'm actually surprised we haven't already had a market crash and the start of another "great recession." It's probably only a matter of time.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Yay!

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I predict we are just days away from the guvmint figuring out the optimal way to micromanage the economy.

  • Old Mexican - Mostly Harmless||

    What should piss you off is how intelligent people easily cave to facile and unsound economic fallacies only because these justify their personal animosity towards trade, immigration and capitalistic competition.

  • sarcasmic||

    Tony would say that those who reject the scientific teachings of Owlgor The Great only do so because His grand solutions go against their politics.

  • Old Mexican - Mostly Harmless||

    Sewing machines, spindles, looms, weaving machines, and various other textile-making equipment are subject to tariffs.


    Making America Grating Again by putting the final nail in the local garment industry's coffin.

  • sarcasmic||

    Any industry that buys stuff from China deserves to die because buying Commie equipment is unpatriotic.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Netflix has a coming new release of a biopic on the young Karl Marx. Considering Marxians murdered ten times as many people last century as the Nazis (and continue murdering today, albeit at a much slower rate), you really have to wonder at the cognitive dissonance that would frown at a biopic on the young Adolf Hitler.

    Their excuse would be that Karl Marx himself did not murder anyone. But if that's a valid excuse, then 99% of the proggie complaints about freedom of thought go out the window.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Literally none of these are made up, but don't take my word for it. Here's the full list.

    Apparently there's even a tariff on hyperlinks and reason couldn't afford one more for the full list of tariffs.

  • Shirley Knott||

    There's this new thing called embedded content — the left right arrow buttons on th 'image' page thru the material, and it scrolls.
    And an 'expand' button that takes you to the doc.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    It's a good thing Trump's a stable genius. If he wasn't I might start to question his economic policies.

  • Headache||

    The article is treating OUSTR proposal as a deal already enforced. But, I would not expect anything different from Reason.

    "Pretty much every aspect of the manufacture of cloth and clothing will be subject to new import taxes"

    These tariffs and quotas have been enforced many years before Trump.

    The Office of United States Trade Representative was created in 1962. One of the main functions was development of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

  • Eric Bana||

    But now that Trump is president, tariffs are good, or at least not really bad, or at least smart negotiating, or a combination of that. Right?

  • Butler T. Reynolds||

    * Tax increases
    * Massive spending increases
    * Protectionism
    * Generally rude and uncouth

    If I didn't know any better, I'd say you Trump voters put a democrat in office.

  • vek||

    He also cut other taxes, reduced regulations, and pulled us out of some stupid super national agreements... So it's kind of a toss up sorta thing, just like I figured it would be. STILL BETTER THAN HILLARY. LOL

  • TheWay1||

    Trump was a democrat. He was with the democratic party most of his life. Even in 2000s he identified himself as a democrat.

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